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Literary Estranged Capitalism in Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children and Lars Von Trier’s Dogville

Journal: English Literature and Language Review (Vol.4, No. 2)

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Page : 21-25

Keywords : Epic theatre; Capitalism; Dogville; Brecht; Power lessness.;

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This paper seeks to explore how German dramatist Bertolt Brecht and Danish screenwriter Lars von Trier attempt to expose the capitalistic society in which people live in but are rather being compelled to make a contribution in order to maintain their livelihood and become a part of a system that is taking advantage of them. The underlying capitalistic system which is responsible for each protagonist‟s difficulties is literary estranged in Bertolt Brecht‟s play Mother Courage and her Children, and Lars von Trier‟s movie Dogville. Hence, this paper will illustrate the powerlessness of both protagonists who have no other option than to adhere to the system that controls their live in order to survive.

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